Sweet place, sweet place alone

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1. Sweet place; sweet place alone!
The court of God most high,
The heaven of heavens, the throne
Of spotless majesty!

O happy place!
When shall I be, my God, with Thee,
To see Thy face?

2. The stranger homeward bends,
And sigheth for his rest:
Heaven is my home, my friends
Lodge there in Abraham’s breast. [Refrain]

3. Earth’s but a sorry tent,
Pitched but a few frail days,
A short leased tenement;
Heaven’s still my song, my praise. [Refrain]

4. No tears from any eyes
Drop in that holy choir:
But death itself there dies,
And sighs themselves expire. [Refrain]

5. There should temptations cease,
My frailties there should end.
There should I rest in peace
In the arms of my best friend. [Refrain]

6. Jerusalem on high
My song and city is,
My home whene’er I die,
The center of my bliss. [Refrain]

7. Thy walls, sweet city! thine
With pearls are garnished,
Thy gates with praises shine,
Thy streets with gold are spread. [Refrain]

8. No sun by day shines there,
No moon by silent night.
O no! these needless are;
The Lamb’s the city’s light. [Refrain]

9. There dwells my Lord, my king,
Judged here unfit to live;
There angels to Him sing,
And lowly homage give. [Refrain]

10. The patriarchs of old
There from their travels cease:
The prophets there behold
Their longed for Prince of Peace. [Refrain]

11. The Lamb’s apostles there
I might with joy behold:
The harpers I might hear
Harping on harps of gold. [Refrain]

12. The bleeding martyrs, they
Within those courts are found;
All clothed in pure array,
Their scars with glory crowned. [Refrain]

13. Ah me! ah me! that I
In Kedar’s tents here stay;
No place like this on high;
Thither, Lord! guide my way. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6421

Author: Samuel Crossman

Crossman, Samuel , B.D. From A. Wood's Athenae Oxonienses (1720, vol. ii. p. 730) we gather all that is known of this hymnwriter. Wood says concerning him:— "Samuel Crossman, Bachelor of Divinity of Cambridge, and Prebendary of Bristol, son of Samuel Crossman, of Bradfield Monachorum, in Suffolk. He hath written and published several things, as The Young Man's Monitor, &c, London, 1664, 8vo., and several sermons, among which are two sermons preached in the Cathedral of Bristol, 30th Jan., 1679, and 30th Jan., 1680, being the days of public humiliation for the execrable murder of King Charles I, printed at London, 1681, &c.; also a sermon preached 23rd April, 1680, in the Cathedral Church of Bristol, before the Gentlemen of the Artill… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sweet place, sweet place alone
Author: Samuel Crossman
Refrain First Line: O happy place
Copyright: Public Domain




Composed by John Darwall (b. Haughton, Staffordshire, England, 1731; d. Walsall, Staffordshire, England, 1789), DARWALL'S 148TH was first published as a setting for Psalm 148 in Aaron William's New Universal Psalmodist (1770) with only soprano and bass parts. The harmonization dates from the ninete…

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